The NIGERIAN NEWSDIRECT CHAPBOOK AWARDS is an initiative of Poetry Column-NND that seeks to promote the voices of Nigerian poets, as the column does weekly in our newspaper. We hope to prioritize consistency of the award, and in so doing, document the vibrant work being put out by contemporary Nigerian poets.

Two selected poets will each win:

  1. N25,000
  2. Digital Chapbook published by Poetry Column-NND

Submission Window: August 15 – October 15, 2022


  • Eligibility: Nigerian
  • Submit a manuscript of 17 – 20 poems on singular or diverse themes
  • Include a cover page with the following details: title and author’s name
  • Manuscripts must be original works of the entrants
  • Some poems in the manuscript may have been published, but the manuscript as a whole must be previously unpublished
  • Send manuscript in .doc or .docx format (Times New Roman, size 12, single line spacing)
  • A maximum of 4 preliminary pages for dedication, acknowledgments, blurbs, and foreword
  • Include a bio not more than 100 words on the last page of your manuscript
  • Works promoting bigotry of all kinds will be rejected
  • Contact details (email address and phone number) of the author should be in the body of the mail and forwarded alongside the cover letter and manuscript to


  • Only manuscripts which meet our standards will be considered for publication.
  • Selected manuscripts will be published on our site – for free download
  • Authors retain copyrights to their work, but give us the sole rights to electronically distribute same